I had the honor of interviewing Christian author Andre Chin recently, check out abound in love-
Me: So my first question is, for those that aren’t familiar with you, tell us some about you and your book
AC: Several years ago, I received a specific calling to teach about love. It was a long and winding road from that time to the finished book in 2015. My wife said that I was definitely led by the Holy Spirit in writing that book because she doesn’t see me in it.
The bible says that the world will know we are Christians by our love. God is love, His greatest value is love, His greatest command is love, and our purpose is to love, but our rates of divorce, suicide, depression, loneliness, emotional, and mental issues are the same as the secular world. The book addresses this with a practical approach and shows how to “Abound in Love and Create Joy and Happiness in Your World.”
Me: In a short summary, why do you think the Christian world and the secular world have the same rates?, and what verses give you the most inspiration for changing this?
AC: The church has a far greater emphasis on faith than on love. We pay attention to simply believing, without paying much attention to obeying Jesus’ command to love one another—to be merciful, caring, patient, and kind. So, our faith is not changing the way we are behaving toward people.
The Bible says, “Though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” (1 Cor 13:2). We need to realize that of faith, hope, and love, the greatest of these is love (1 Cor 13:13).
Me: But faith and hope are supposed to go with love?
AC: The Bible states it is possible to have faith to move mountains, with or without love. The Lord desires the faith that has the fruit of love: “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4).
Jesus also said, that when He comes back, He will separate the sheep from the goats. The sheep are those that exhibit love and will have eternal life (Matt 25:31). We can have a head level faith or a heart level.
So what I am saying is that real faith and hope is evidenced by the fruit of love. A “head level only” faith can be seen in those who will cry out, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”(Matt 7:22). The greatest lawlessness is a lack of love.
Me: I see, and your book covers all of this and more?
AC: Yes. The book inspires and shows in a very practical way, how to love those in our lives in such a way as to avoid relationship damage and brokenness. It shows how to create joy and happiness in our world, and to give the most precious of gifts to our loved ones and others. Jesus wants us to be filled with joy, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12).
The book will transform your life at home, at the workplace, at church, the way you communicate, your relationship with God, and will affect answers to your prayers.
Me: What about relationships that are already damaged?, how will this book inspire those in broken relationships?
AC: There are these children from a broken marriage where the father was abusive and the mother divorced the husband. The children had acquired much of the destructive attitude of the father, and the dysfunction carried over, even without the father in the picture. The children became abusive to the mother, to each other, and had dysfunctional relationships with their romantic partners.
The mother applied the “love essentials” from the book, placing emphasis on having an attitude of mercy and kindness. She followed the detailed descriptions of “Loving your children” and “Loving your siblings.” She became skillful in love by being able to understand enabling, showing interest, communication, boundaries, accountability, responsibility, consequences, and other areas. The children themselves began to see the difference and began to understand. They were calling each other out when the abusive, disrespectful behavior surfaced. They started to recognize darkness because they were shown light. One daughter recognized that she didn’t want the old life, became a Christian, and the other daughter is following right along. The environment changed from tension, darkness, and dysfunction to harmony and love.
Me: So things always change when consistent love surfaces?, and this book shows how?
AC: Yes and yes. The book shows that we must adopt an attitude of mercy and kindness, adopt essential positive loving behaviors, and avoid certain damaging behaviors. Consistency in these will bring about joy in our families and relationships.
Me: I see, so other than this book, what are your projects?
AC: My project is to arrange to teach Jesus’ way of love through seminars, churches, social media, and wherever the Lord leads.
Me: Awesome!, you do speaking engagements?
AC: I do. We had our first seminar in my hometown of Cambridge recently, and the feedback I got from long time Christians was that they have never heard a message on love like this and that the church needs to hear it because it will transform lives and bring real joy. I know this to be true because I have seen the increased joy in my wife, my children, my friends, and in new acquaintances.
Me: So love brings joy is your message?, are you speaking locally, nationally, or nationally?
AC: Yes, and more precisely, abound in love to create joy and happiness in your world.
I am speaking locally now, but I am willing to take this message all over the world.
Me: Well I pray your message goes far!, is there anything else your fans would be interested in knowing?
AC: Paul prayed, “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all…at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess 13:12).
Me: Amen!, thank you so much for this interview
AC: Thank you Bryan, and I pray God’s blessings upon you and your blog.